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Old 01-12-2018, 09:33 PM   #1
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Mice love cobras

It started a decade ago at another house... Mice infest the cobra every winter. I've packed the car with dryer sheets, I put moth balls all around it. I've dismantled and replaced the interior multiple times (most recently last spring).

I've never seen a mouse in or around any house the cobra has lived, it's in a garage that is spotless! My Mazda that's outside never and issue. The rover which sometimes I don't drive for a month+ that's parked right next to it, never an issue. No garbage anywhere. I open the door last week to check it out, fvcking dryer sheets all torn up everywhere I don't even know how they get into the car. I've had the interior out and gorilla taped up every little opening. I always put an old school trap somewhere around the car. I'm on the verge of getting one of those ridiculous fvcking bubbles to put the car in during winter.

Does anyone have one of these things? I'm hesitant because frankly it looks ridiculous but not sure what else to do. People have said put mouse poison around I'd imagine they'd eat then go die somewhere in the car.



Also I usually find the nests under the center console, they shyt/piss and it runs like a river down under the seats.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:36 PM   #2
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Or you could finally just sell it.....

Fvck that sh!t

I have caught a few in my garage I believe I finally have them sealed out. Never ending battle.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:44 PM   #3
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Or you could finally just sell it.....

Fvck that sh!t

I have caught a few in my garage I believe I finally have them sealed out. Never ending battle.
I don't think I'm actually capable of selling it unless someone comes through with that 600k none refundable test drive money. I had guy follow me to my house one afternoon last fall and made a solid offer on it, couldn't do it. I want to sell it but just can't bring myself to actually pulling the trigger on it.

My garage doors leave a tiny gap around the rails, nothing can really be done about it short of replacing the doors.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:46 PM   #4
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Mice hate beautiful, fast, luxurious cars no problems here.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:49 PM   #5
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Mice hate beautiful, fast, luxurious cars no problems here.
They also apparently hate Mazda's that live outside with fish guts in the glove box, so that's not really saying much.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:56 PM   #6
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Cobra for reference

The black stang next to the cobra


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Old 01-12-2018, 11:16 PM   #7
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I agree Mice/Rats seem to love mustangs. Years ago my neighbor had a bunch of exotic birds and a area all setup for them outside. Lots of nuts for them which attracted a ton of rats.

Well in the winter they loved to find warmth in recently parked cars and some of those punks found their way into my stang engine bay and chewed on my battery, brake fluid reservoir, wiper fluid reservoir, and the wrap around some vacuum tubes.

Was fun when I discovered that after enough brake fluid spilled out for me to check and see why.

I'd say drive it a bit more as mice/rats don't like things that move much, but love things that sit for an extended period of time in general.
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Old 01-13-2018, 04:10 AM   #8
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Old 01-13-2018, 05:32 AM   #9
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I don't think I'm actually capable of selling it unless someone comes through with that 600k none refundable test drive money. I had guy follow me to my house one afternoon last fall and made a solid offer on it, couldn't do it. I want to sell it but just can't bring myself to actually pulling the trigger on it.

My garage doors leave a tiny gap around the rails, nothing can really be done about it short of replacing the doors.
Just sell it. I don't understand why you would want to keep it and never drive it.

Yeah our garage doors had huge gaps I have used wire mesh, steel wool, spray foam and c0ck to fill and seal. I did a little more last time our bug guy was here and we feel pretty good we might have sealed it. We have bait stations in the garages and a big bait station on the side of the house. Will check activity after a bit
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:09 AM   #10
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They probably smell previous mice in there and it snowballs. Traps work great in the garage if you keep them along walls. Mice follow along walls and get caught that way. My pops catches like 3 or sometimes 4 a night when he sets traps in the garage when the C7Z is in it. I think his record is like 27 in a week. He uses peanut butter.
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Old 01-13-2018, 06:35 AM   #11
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They probably smell previous mice in there and it snowballs. Traps work great in the garage if you keep them along walls. Mice follow along walls and get caught that way. My pops catches like 3 or sometimes 4 a night when he sets traps in the garage when the C7Z is in it. I think his record is like 27 in a week. He uses peanut butter.
Does he use the snap ones or something else. That is a lot of mice
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also search the RV forums for ideas. Mice like RV's too.

The plastic bag idea might work, is there anything in that bag system to circulate air? You wouldn't want to grow mold on your Cobra, not even for Bean
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Does he use the snap ones or something else. That is a lot of mice
The snap ones. He gets a ton right off the bat and then they slow down. My mom feeds the birds so they have a lot of bird seed and sh1t in the garage.
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also search the RV forums for ideas. Mice like RV's too.

The plastic bag idea might work, is there anything in that bag system to circulate air? You wouldn't want to grow mold on your Cobra, not even for Bean
Then you put a box of baking soda in it to control humidity
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Old 01-13-2018, 07:05 AM   #15
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I've also heard Irish Spring soap works too, but I've never had a need to test that.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:55 AM   #16
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Give them something more interesting to play with...

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Old 01-13-2018, 10:41 AM   #17
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:53 AM   #18
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pshhhh..."spotless garage"..niiguh you grow moldy crackers in there.
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:00 PM   #19
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Get a cat and leave it in the Cobra

Also get rid of the crackers, they're attracting the mice
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Old 01-13-2018, 02:07 PM   #20
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So basically the East Coast is filled with rats?!
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:01 PM   #21
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:11 PM   #22
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Do you have a car cover? Park the car on top of a heavy duty tarp, cover the car, then tuck the tarp up inside the cover. Car will be wrapped too to bottom and not just in the open.
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:37 PM   #23
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Lots of good info in this thread except for LUCC's idea of turning the car into a blintz.
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Old 01-13-2018, 03:38 PM   #24
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pshhhh..."spotless garage"..niiguh you grow moldy crackers in there.
That requires a cracker being in there doe

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So basically the East Coast is filled with rats?!
no, yes... IDK.
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The plastic bubble and car cover ideas won't help, they will simply chew a hole or holes in either. Seal the garage and/or get a cat and traps.

I'd take a good look at the garage door, you might be able to adjust it to get a better seal, there shouldn't be a mouse-sized gap anywhere. If you do get it fixed don't forget to look at the vent. The vent will be on an exterior wall, down low typically, and needs to have a solid mesh in it to keep critters out. My neighbor had issues with a family of possums getting in there until he fixed it.

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The plastic bubble and car cover ideas won't help, they will simply chew a hole or holes in either. Seal the garage and/or get a cat and traps.

I'd take a good look at the garage door, you might be able to adjust it to get a better seal, there shouldn't be a mouse-sized gap anywhere. If you do get it fixed don't forget to look at the vent. The vent will be on an exterior wall, down low typically, and needs to have a solid mesh in it to keep critters out. My neighbor had issues with a family of possums getting in there until he fixed it.


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Yes... no... IDK
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:26 AM   #29
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My garage has no mice, just leave it here for winter.
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:46 AM   #30
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My garage has no mice, just leave it here for winter.
Like a fool after it passed inspection I put the tune back on... now it's due for inspection again now (because they gave me one of those 6 month stickers) and I need to put it back to stock. Come take it and put 100 milez on it to clear the ready codez.

I'll wave the standard 600k test drive fees
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Like a fool after it passed inspection I put the tune back on... now it's due for inspection again now (because they gave me one of those 6 month stickers) and I need to put it back to stock. Come take it and put 100 milez on it to clear the ready codez.

I'll wave the standard 600k test drive fees
Don't you have a handheld SCT? Should be reset in no time.
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I don't even know how they get into the car. I've had the interior out and gorilla taped up every little opening.
If you're finding a nest in the center console section, I guarantee you then they are getting up on the transmission and going in thru the shifter hole. Just enough to get inside the car with out it looking like they fvcked anything up. Have you changed the shifter in that Stang? And if you did, did you reseal up that rubber you would have shove that shifter thru?
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Don't you have a handheld SCT? Should be reset in no time.
No I do, it's no problem to reset but there is no way around the readiness is there? My understanding is once you flash the computer, upload the tune you've got to drive the car so many miles for it to heat cycle and run the self tests which is a ridiculous list of criteria that takes roughly 50-100 miles.
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If you're finding a nest in the center console section, I guarantee you then they are getting up on the transmission and going in thru the shifter hole. Just enough to get inside the car with out it looking like they fvcked anything up. Have you changed the shifter in that Stang? And if you did, did you reseal up that rubber you would have shove that shifter thru?
They don't, they car has a tri ax and at the time of install I cut a nice bezel that seals up the tunnel nice with bolts. When I've pulled the car apart previously they clearly din't come up through there. What you said did occur to me and when I pulled the center console up I was surprised that hadn't come in there.
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They don't, they car has a tri ax and at the time of install I cut a nice bezel that seals up the tunnel nice with bolts. When I've pulled the car apart previously they clearly din't come up through there. What you said did occur to me and when I pulled the center console up I was surprised that hadn't come in there.
Damn, well I thought I was on to something..... lol

At least your car doesn't smell like crayons.
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Damn, well I thought I was on to something..... lol

At least your car doesn't smell like crayons.
I'd prefer crayons doe
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No I do, it's no problem to reset but there is no way around the readiness is there? My understanding is once you flash the computer, upload the tune you've got to drive the car so many miles for it to heat cycle and run the self tests which is a ridiculous list of criteria that takes roughly 50-100 miles.
I was under the impression once you cycle the key, start to see the factory shift arrow, that's it totally back into stock mode.

When I got mine inspected, I flashed it back to stock, and drove it 2 miles to the inspection station, and it was good to go.
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I was under the impression once you cycle the key, start to see the factory shift arrow, that's it totally back into stock mode.

When I got mine inspected, I flashed it back to stock, and drove it 2 miles to the inspection station, and it was good to go.
Interesting... I think we had this convo last year and I tried that and they rejected the car until I put more miles on it. When I got it home I plugged in the scanner and the code was something like "readiness not complete p0001" then I googled what conditions the car needs to become ready and it was something like 20 steps (drive 60 for 10 min, come to a stop 4 times, cycle the car so many times etc etc etc. Maybe your handheld does that automatically? That'd be nice
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